A BIT OF HISTORY: VR-21 PBM "...Took this at the Pima Air and Space Museum Air Museum in Tuscon AZ. The Mariner was in the paint shop at the time, and the good Volunteer folks atthe Pima Air and Space Museum Air Museum arranged a private tour..." Contributed by Carl Mottern firstname.lastname@example.org [08MAR2003]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Fleet Air Wings On Patrol - Page 30 to 31 - Naval Aviation News - November 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/nov67.pdf [13SEP2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Safety Awards Announced - Page 2 - Naval Aviation News - October 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/oct67.pdf [12SEP2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Squadron Insignia - Naval Aviation News - May 1967..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1967/may67.pdf [10SEP2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VR-21 Supports Carriers Off Vietnam - Page 18 - Naval Aviation News - September 1966..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1966/sep66.pdf [06SEP2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...CNO Safety Awards Announced - Page 6 - Naval Aviation News - October 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/oct61.pdf [20AUG2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...The R6D Simulator - Page 36 - Naval Aviation News - September 1961..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1960s/1961/sep61.pdf [20AUG2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VR-30 History..." http://www.nasni.navy.mil/wings/vrc30/ [01JUN2002]Circa 1958
Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30 (VRC-30), traces its ancestry to Air Transport Squadron 5 (VR-5) which was commissioned June 24, 1943 at Naval Air Station, Seattle. The squadron was tasked with flying the R-4D, 4-5D, DNB-2C and UC-64 aircraft in regular air service to Seattle, Oakland, San Francisco, the Aleutian Islands, Fairbanks and Point Barrow on the Alaskan mainland.
In 1950, VR-5 moved its base of operations from NAS Seattle, Washington to NAS Moffett Field, California, leaving a detachment at Seattle and establishing a second detachment at NAS North Island, San Diego, California. VR-5 was decommissioned July 15, 1957 and became VR-21, with detachments at NAS Atsugi, Japan and NAS North Island, San Diego, California.
On June 26, 1956, VR-21, NAS North Island, San Diego, California Detachment, made the first Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) with the Grumman C-1A Trader aircraft to the USS Yorktown (CV 10). The detachment relocated to NAS Alameda, California in 1960.
After relocating to NAS North Island, San Diego, California, VR-30 was decommissioned on October 1, 1978 and VRC-30 was commissioned at that time. VRC-30 transitioned to the C-2A Greyhound in late 1981 with the acceptance of deliveries of reprocured C-2A aircraft, the aircraft the squadron operates today. In February 1980, VRC-30 received its first UC-12B and in October 1980 VRC-30 established the UC-12B/F Fleet Replacement Squadron, providing ground and flight instruction for all Pacific Fleet Navy and Marine Corps pilots and aircrew in the UC-12 Beechcraft Super King Air. VRC-30's C-12 FRS acts as the U.S. Navy C-12 B/F Fleet Model Manager and Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet NATOPS Evaluator in addition to their primary job of flight instruction.
1994 marked one of the most dynamic periods in VRC-30's history. When VRC-50 was disestablished in September 1994, VRC-30 became the sole C-2 squadron in the Pacific, assuming the responsibility of providing COD support to all Pacific Fleet carriers. In order to support the expansion of VRC-30's area of responsibility, the command has undergone a transition from shore-based operations to sea-based major deployment operations. The transition involved tremendous changes in manning, missions and aircraft. On August 1994, VRC-30 Det. 5 was established in Atsugi, Japan, supporting Carrier Air Wing 5 and USS Independence (CV 62). In addition to the Atsugi Detachment, the squadron maintains four sea going detachments, home based at North Island. These detachments support all Pacific Fleet carriers during their WESTPAC cruise and all CONUS at sea periods.
VRC-30 currently operates 16 C-2A Greyhounds and 3 UC-12 Super King Airs. Today the squadron has two primary missions, which consist of C-2A Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics support and UC-12 FRS training of pilots and aircrewman. Under the operational and administrative control of Commander Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, VRC-30 consists of 63 officers and 391 enlisted personnel. As of August 1996, the squadron has achieved 22 years and over 125,000 hours of accident-free flight. VRC-30 was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award for the years, 1979, 1983-1985, 1990 and 1991. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for exemplary service from October 1993 to September 1994.
On January 12, 1984, the VRC-30 "Providers" officially adopted their present insignia. The mythological legend of "Pegasus" illustrates the mission of the squadron-airborne delivery of personnel and material to units of the Pacific Fleet. The Providers have always lived up to their motto "We Deliver", and now validate their claim on a daily basis to destinations which span more than half of the globe.
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Record Safety Rate Set - Page 2 - Naval Aviation News - November 1958..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1958/nov58.pdf [14AUG2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Safety Campaign Launched - Page 24 - Naval Aviation News - August 1958..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1958/aug58.pdf [13AUG2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...The Pathfinder - Page 4 - Naval Aviation News - May 1958..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1958/may58.pdf [13AUG2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VR-21 Sets Flight Record - Page 9 - Naval Aviation News - November 1954..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1954/nov54.pdf [02AUG2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VR-24 Now Flies To Madrid - Page 21 - Naval Aviation News - May 1954..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1954/may54.pdf [02AUG2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Aviator Shows He's Tough - Page 13 - Naval Aviation News - December 1953..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1953/dec53.pdf [01AUG2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VR-21 Officer Turns Writer - Page 19 - Naval Aviation News - July 1953..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1953/jul53.pdf [30JUL2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Orderly's Courtesy Pays Off - Page 26 - Naval Aviation News - May 1953..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1953/may53.pdf [29JUL2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...How To Be Thin Tho Strong - Page 26 - Naval Aviation News - April 1953..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1953/apr53.pdf [29JUL2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...R6D's Cut Time Of TransPac - Page 5 - Naval Aviation News - March 1953..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1953/mar53.pdf [29JUL2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Dateline Scrambles Xmases - Page 25 - Naval Aviation News - March 1953..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1953/mar53.pdf [29JUL2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Midway Entertains USAF - Page 18 - Naval Aviation News - October 1952..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1952/oct52.pdf [27JUL2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...Rain On Midway Runways - Page 30 - Naval Aviation News - September 1952..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1952/sep52.pdf [27JUL2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: "...VR-21 Develops New Ladder - Page 31 - Naval Aviation News - June 1952..." WebSite: http://www.history.navy.mil/nan/backissues/1950s/1952/jun52.pdf [26JUL2004]
A BIT OF HISTORY: VR-21 History "...Circa 1942..." Contributed by John Lucas JohnLucas@netzero.com [26OCT2005]
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